Professional athletes, high-powered CEOs, and the world’s best entertainers know a few secrets to success: passion, perseverance, hard work, a bit of luck, and visualization – among other things. I would like to zoom in on visualization for this week’s Mom Monday post. Homeschooling moms prepare for success, too. Why not learn from these accomplished individuals?
First, a definition. Visualization is the formation of mental visual images. You may have seen skiers waiting to start their course visualizing themselves on the slopes, moving their shoulders left and right based on where they see themselves being, and bending their knees accordingly. The night before a big match, tennis players and other athletes also spend time visualizing themselves at key points in the game, applying strategies they have practiced and discussed with their coaches.
Why do they do that? Their muscles are ready. They are preparing their minds. Victory takes complete dedication. Training the muscles is not enough. One must train the mind to think victory.
In the same way, a homeschooling mom should visualize herself being successful in rearing her children. I believe prayer and meditation based on God’s Word provide an opportunity for visualization. As we claim the promises of God over our children, we can visualize them accepting Jesus as a personal Savior, passing exams with high grades, and making the right choices in every aspect of their lives. But visualization is more about your own behavior.
For me, it is important to visualize myself being calm in the midst of sibling rivalry. I practice saying certain things we have established as acceptable discipline. I picture myself smiling in the most stressful moments of the day. For instance, I picture 11:30am, when everybody’s blood sugar is running low. We just finished school and violin practice and the kids have all this pent-up energy which they start using in fighting with each other.
And while all this is happening, I am supposed to prepare lunch. Maybe even accept their “help” in the process. So I visualize myself calmly inviting them to play separately. What about you? What is your most stressful moment of the day? How do you get through it?